In My Merry Oldsmobile
Ken Smith sez: This Fleischer Studios sing-along cartoon contains a surprising amount of immodest imagery. Lovely "Lucille" is menaced by a mustachioed villain/voyeur but then is rescued by her pint-sized true love. Since both suitors own Oldsmobiles, there doesn't seem to be much of a point. Watch for the candy cane-licking sequence. "You can go as far as you like with me in my merry Oldsmobile...."
ANIMATION CARTOONS FLEISCHER, MAX OLDSMOBILE MUSIC ADVERTISING SONGS BOUNCING BALLS FANTASY NITRATE FILM HUMOR SURREALISM SEXUALITY INNUENDOS BULLIES DATES
Subject: Tough guys and gals.
ain't Mickey Mouse. Like Mae West who made an industry of the good old days -the 1890's were the
1930's nostalgia decade. These cartoons reflected the tough persona of the LOST GENERATION. Amusing
vulgarity and fun this generation was raised in Vaudeville and new how to put on a show and gave us some of the greatest Movie Stars and Comedians
even and even in their precode less censored state knew how to create good dialog without using the F word every 5 seconds .The Fleischers made pacey cartoons and were really the greatest around until the Warner factory came along. Always look for the opening and closing
doors for the greatest Fleischer and Popeye Cartoons. Really great creators who've NEVER got the credit they deserve!!
Subject: wonderful cartoon
Subject: Pre-Code fun
Subject: Follow The Bouncing Ball
One can definitely see the precursors to Popeye and his associated characters (especially Bluto and Wimpy) in this cartoon which predates Popeye by about 4 or 5 years.
If you listened carefully to what Popeye muttered under is breath in those cartoons, there was some rather adult - level comments there...so the stuff in this cartoon is not suprising.
Subject: marinetti + his futurists and picabia and duchamp
marinetti equated automobiles with sex at the dawn of the petroleum age. he was a kook.
the fleischers were late here.
duchamp's large glass explains it all for you.
Subject: Enjoyed it
Subject: Great Early Fleischer, Most Enjoyable.
And as for the risqué bits, you'll only notice them if you have a mind like mine (which I'm sure most of you don't). ;-) As 'In My Merry Oldsmobile' was released only two years after the Hayes Commission, presumably the precious darlings failed to see anything untoward.
Oh, and I don't mind the sing along bit, and the tune is catchy too. I agree with Arensky, it's pretty darn good.
Subject: The Womens Movement
Subject: Lots of fun
Subject: I could watch this for hours...
I adore this film!!!!
Subject: Nifty piece.
Otherwise, a great archival bit of animation, not yet with the flashiness of later Fleisher and Famous singalongs, but the camp and even good fun is there.
Subject: One thing after another!
Subject: The lips and words do match
Billy Murray does the bouncing ball sequence. His career in recording lasted until 1943 when he had to retire due to heart trouble. He'd recorded the song "In My Merry Oldmobile" in 1905.
Subject: Let's all sing!
Subject: How Merry?
Subject: You WILL submit to my sexual desires, you silly cartoon woman!
Subject: My Merry Oldsmobile
My Merry Oldsmobile song was also put on children's records in the middle-late 1950's so the song lived on, at least for awhile.
Subject: More fun from the Fleischers!
Subject: oooooh kaaay??!!!
Subject: Hey! My Oldmobile Doesn't Have a Bouncing Ball!
Subject: 30's Karaoke
Subject: Vintage Fleischer!
Subject: In My Merry Oldsmobile
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ****. Weirdness: *****. Historical Interest: ***. Overall Rating: ****.